Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Working with local grassroots charities and NGOs in 13 countries across the globe, the Global Vision International (GVI) Charitable Trust manages and raises funds for numerous long-term programs. These funds are used to support our local partners with the aims of alleviating poverty, illiteracy, environmental degradation and climate change. We do this through education, nutrition, conservation and capacity building. Our work focuses upon 3 key objectives: awareness, impact and empowerment. The aim is to create awareness of global issues, have a direct impact on those issues locally and empower our alumni, be they volunteers, donors, staff or community members, to continue impacting local iss...
Oct 27, 2014

Progress of National Scholarship Program in Jalova

Dear Supporter,

In the GVI Jalova hub, our first scholar, Walter, has been living with us now for 6 months. He has already been showing many advances, learning English, survey protocols and obtaining his Emergency First Response. He is now starting the Internship Program, which will bring him lifelong skills and experience to fulfill his plans for his future career.

Empowering is one of the key objectives of GVI. With the National Scholarship Program, GVI hopes to give the local community knowledge and power to work towards key global and local issues, including sustainable development and conservation.

Walter, from Nicaragua, has been living in Tortuguero for many years. He has many plans for his future and GVI is playing an important role in it. With this experience, he hopes to be more prepared to continue his studies on an undergraduate level, majoring in biology and conservation.

Our scholar has already developed his skills in many ways. When he first arrived, his knowledge of English language was basic. Now, after 6 months, we can already see an advance in his learning process. The daily living with English speaking volunteers has been pushing him forwards. Besides, staff’s efforts to organize English classes are showing results, as he builds up confidence everyday to speak in a non-native language. Volunteers are also always engaged in this activity: every month we have volunteers to help staff members with his English classes or even just having a conversation in English.

During the last 6 months, Walter has been learning the methods we use for our surveys and also teaching us what he knows. Being raised in Tortuguero, he has a keen eye to spot our local animals, which makes him an invaluable asset in the field. His previous experience working with turtles with Sea Turtle Conservancy also makes him extremely helpful on turtle season. Besides, the cultural exchange he promotes with volunteers is priceless. His Tico rice recipe has already gained reputation on camp and he is always happy to practice and teaching some Spanish. We are happy to see the accomplishment of one of the goals of our National Scholarship Program: the exchange of knowledge between the local community and our staff and volunteers.

On June, Walter achieved another victory. He took the EFR course with the new volunteers. After 3 days of intensive training, theoretical and practical tests, he has learned how to act in emergency situations. Now, after 6 months of initial training and practicing English, he is officially ready to start our Internship Program. Together with other 3 other interns, he will be trained on taxonomy identification, leadership skills, scientific writing and presentations and data analysis. We are excited to take this further step, as this will bring him more experience and knowledge.

It has been many challenges for him: cultural and language barriers, but also a lot of learning. However, Walter has demonstrated enthusiasm and willingness to learn and develop every week. Hopefully this is only the start of a program that will become established for many years to come. This week, we are receiving Luis, Walter’s friend. He has showed interest on our National Scholar Program and wanted to visit us for a week during his holidays. We are already keeping an eye for our next lucky national scholar!

Thank you for supporting this project and we look forward to bringing you more news!

All the best

Marcelle Muniz Barreto, Field Staff

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Oct 24, 2014

Ronald McDonald House, Houston

This is Mogie
This is Mogie

Dear Supporter,

The team at the Sing Me A Story Foundation recently visited the Ronald McDonald House in Houston, that offers a home away from home providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions.

The Ronald McDonald House offers a safe and loving environment to children facing a life threatening condition, including those in need of an organ transplant or fighting cancer. At their facilities, families find a place to rest, spaces for play time for children, quiet reading nooks, delicious homemade meals and cookies, and, above all, other families with whom they can share their journeys and find strength and support.

The children at the House wrote a variety of stories to be turned into songs. A lot centred around Mogie, the resident house pooch and main comfort ambassador. The kids were asked to write a postcard on behalf of Mogie, the resident dog at the Ronald McDonald House, from his Summer Vacation! Mogie was on a long trip and needed the kids to help him write and decorate postcards to send back to the Ronald McDonald House.

4 of these stories have been turned into songs and need your donations to bring to life! To listen to the songs, check out the website here - https://singmeastory.org/partners/ronald-mcdonald-house-houston/songs

Thank you for supporting this project and these children.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust

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Oct 23, 2014

Textbooks for Standard 8 at Olives

Dear Supporter,

Olives Rehabilitation Centre is a school located in the Bombolulu slum in Mombasa, and caters to the underprivileged children of the surrounding area. Without the school's support, these students would not be attending any formal school institution. With our schools, our students have the chance of writing their KCPE (Kenyan Certificate Primary Education) exam in their final year of primary education in hopes that they pass and move on to Secondary school. This Certification will open many doors for our students from documented work to attaining government support and loans. Our best chance at ensuring our students are prepared and ready for these exams is in providing textbooks that follow the appropriate curriculum as required by the government.

Many students in Olives come from families of very low income. As a result, they are unable to purchase their own textbooks and school supplies. While the school provides textbooks for class time, their resources are also stretched, and the students are unable to take the books home with them to study. As a result, the students, in particular the standard eight pupils are put at a disadvantage when it comes to exam revision. They are competing with other neighbouring schools, where resources are more plentiful and students own their own textbooks.

Thanks to your donation, we were able to purchase "Targeter Combined Encyclopaedias" for each of the 35 Standard 8 students. This book is a compendium of revision for each subject that the students sit in the KCPE; English, Kiswahili, Science, Maths, Social Studies, and CRE. It also includes sample exam papers and answers. The students are able to take these books home with them, which enables them to study and revise whenever they want. It also familiarizes them with the format of the exam they will be sitting in November, which will greatly help them.

As you can see from the photos, the children were delighted with their new books, and couldn't wait to cover them in the plastic wrapping to protect them! Thank you very much for your generous donation. 

All the best

GVI Mombasa

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